By Jack Brummet, American Music History Ed. Thanks for the music, and rock and roll in general, Chuck. I wonder what people at the other end of the line will think if they are able to play that record on the Voyager?
By Jack Brummet, Music Ed. After Brian Wilson lost his way, his songwriting became, for a time, extremely bizarre. This is probably one of The Beach Boys top five weird tracks. . .Brian Wilson's ode to good foot care.
I am posting this image because I just listened to Kurt's fascinating [you can't really call it a mix tape] tape "Montage of Heck" for the second time.
The tape includes among many pretty hilarious sound effects, Foley clips, and obscure snippets of sound. United Mutilations identified these components of Kurt's Montage of Heck:
“The Men In My Little Girl’s Life” by Mike Douglas “The Sounds of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” by The Beatles “A Day In The Life” by The Beatles “Eruption” by Van Halen “Hot Pants” by James Brown “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” by Cher “Go Away Little Girl” by Donny Osmond “Rocky Mountain High” by John Denver “Everybody Loves Somebody” by Dean Martin “The Candy Man” by Sammy Davis, Jr. “In A Gadda Da Vida” by Iron Butterfly “Wild Thing” by William Shatner “Taxman” by The Beatles “I Think I Love You” by The Partridge Family “Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?” by The Barbarians “Queen Of The Reich” by Queensryche “Last Caress/Green Hell” covered by Metallica “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin “Get Down, Make Love” by Queen “ABC” by The Jackson Five “I Want Your Sex” by George Michael “Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden “Eye Of The Chicken” by Butthole Surfers “Dance of the Cobra” by Butthole Surfers “The Shah Sleeps in Lee Harvey’s Grave” by Butthole Surfers “New Age” by The Velvet Underground “Love Buzz” by Shocking Blue Orchestral music from 200 Motels by Frank Zappa “Help I’m A Rock” / “It Can’t Happen Here” by Frank Zappa “Call Any Vegetable” by Frank Zappa “The Day We Fall In Love” by The Monkees “Sweet Leaf” by Black Sabbath (intro) Theme from The Andy Griffith Show Mike Love (of The Beach Boys) talking about “Transcendental Meditation” Excerpts of Jimi Hendrix speaking at the Monterey Pop Festival Excerpts of Paul Stanley from KISS’ Alive! Excerpts of Daniel Johnston screaming about Satan Excerpts from sound effects records Various children’s records (Curious George, Sesame Street, The Flintstones, Star Wars).
One of the great rock voices of all time. Karen Carpenter died on this day in 1983 from complications related to anorexia. Over the years, people have released her songs with isolated--or almost isolated--vocal tracks. This is my favorite KC tune.
Some of my favorite Dead shows were from the dark time after Brent died and Bruce Hornsby joined the band for a year and a half. Things got even better when Branford Marsalis came along. He played many shows with them around that same period.
The Posies played a fantastic show Saturday night at Seattle's Triple Door. They were alternately fascinated to be playing this, and trepidatious about revisiting the album they recorded when they were seventeen years old. It was an amazing performance. Watch the trailer below, and then go buy a copy of their remastered and expanded album, even in Green Vinyl if you have a phonograph. . .
By Jack Brummet, Rock and Roll Ed. We went to the great Posies show last night at the Triple Door in Seattle, celebrating the re-release of the wonderful album that launched their careers. They recorded this in a basement studio when they were 17 years old. It was wonderful to see them a little nervously perform this album once again, and see them experience all the emotions of reliving the recording and release, and early moments of their great careers. It's far better than they think. In any case, leaving the show most happily, we encountered this guy. Definitely a cut above the usual panhandler.
By Jack Brummet, Music Ed. Woody Guthrie wrote these rulins' a/k/a resolutions in either 1941, 1942, or 1943, depending on who is writing or talking. The "official" Woody Guthrie website says they appear in one of his journals dated January 1, 1943 (at the very centerfold of the notebook).
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Whenever he wrote them, he was 30-32 years old and this list is, like most of his work, a fascinating amalgam of innocent, funny, and wise. If you're a psychology student, it's kind of fascinating how these map onto Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs (although many fall into the cracks between the levels).
Text of the journal entry:
1. Work more and better 2. Work by a schedule 3. Wash teeth if any 4. Shave 5. Take bath 6. Eat good — fruit — vegetables — milk 7. Drink very scant if any 8. Write a song a day 9. Wear clean clothes — look good 10. Shine shoes 11. Change socks 12. Change bed cloths often 13. Read lots good books 14. Listen to radio a lot 15. Learn people better 16. Keep rancho clean 17. Dont get lonesome 18. Stay glad 19. Keep hoping machine running 20. Dream good 21. Bank all extra money 22. Save dough 23. Have company but dont waste time 24. Send Mary and kids money 25. Play and sing good 26. Dance better 27. Help win war — beat fascism 28. Love mama 29. Love papa 30. Love Pete 31. Love everybody 32. Make up your mind 33. Wake up and fight
Reading American jazz clarinetist Mezz Mezzrow's biography 'Really the Blues' tonight. What a sweet, insightful, and marijuana-laced book. It is way more a microscope on the expansive and kaleidoscopic personality of Mezz Mezzrow than an actual, or factual, retelling of his life, kind of like a lot of the great autobiographies I've read (Keith Richards', Bob Dylan's, and Charles Mingus's come immediately to mind). So many sweet stories about his mentor Louis Armstrong, struggling to bring real jazz to NYC, and missing the music of Chicago. About being a Jewish boy in what was an African-American racket, and eventually becoming a link between black and white players in the Jim Crow era. The language is amazing, and at times incandescent--a kind of hybrid of Lord Buckley, Louis Armstrong, and Tom Wolfe. There is no question in my mind that this book, published in 1946, influenced The Beats and specifically Jack Kerouac, who to my ear, clearly lifted rhythms and language from Mezz. And good on him--he picked the right guy to lift from.
Mezz writes about going with Louis Armstrong to the RCA recording studio in Camden, New Jersey:
"In the dead of night we drove up to a large red brick church. I wondered if we were going to have a special prayer service, but when we went through the chapel door I saw it was a recording studio. `This is funny, ain't it, Mezz,' Louis said, `jammin' in a ole church.' I came back with `Where else should Gabriel blow?'" Yeah.
"That was one of the things that Willie and I never did discuss much. But I don't think there's much doubt. . ." Willie Nelson has sung ''Georgia on My Mind'' for former president Jimmy Carter many times — first, on the campaign trail in 1976, and as recently as the 2002 ceremony in Oslo where Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He serenades his ''favorite president ever'' again on Dec. 4's CMT Homecoming: President Carter in Plains special, filmed in Carter's still-minuscule Georgia hometown, where EW caught up with the former farm boys and occasional jogging partners.
The Bush girls claim their dad is down with OutKast. But in '76, it was radical for a candidate to quote Dylan. Did you feel like you were doing something dangerous, aligning yourself with countercultural characters like him and Willie?
CARTER I think that was one of the reasons I won, because I did align myself with characters like these, who were admired by hundreds of millions around the world.... I think as much as any performer who has ever lived, Willie has had an intimate and natural relationship with working people.... When I was in trouble in the White House or needed to be alone, just to relax — I'm a fly fisherman, and I would tie flies in my study, where Truman used to work, while Willie Nelson's songs played on the hi-fi.... So all the good things I did or, of course, all the mistakes I've made, you could kind of blame half that on Willie.
Willie, you're political in some ways, stumping for Kucinich this year, but apolitical in others; you haven't sung the antiwar song you wrote for him in concert.
NELSON I think it's important we have a change in the direction our country is going, but I sing to Democrats and Republicans every night. I don't want to do or say anything that's going to make half my audience get up and leave the building.... I look at it like my job is to bring people together, singing ''Amazing Grace'' [at the end of a show].
Willie's book said he smoked pot on the White House roof. Mr. President, what did you know and when did you know it? CARTER I would guess that Willie and my sons knew a lot more about that than I did. That was one of the things that Willie and I never did discuss much. But I don't think there's much doubt that there was—
NELSON Actually, short-term memory — I don't remember a lot that happened then.
CARTER [Both laughing] Yeah, my memory's kind of short on that subject, too.
Waylon Jennings and Buddy Holly (and someone else's finger) in a Times Square photo booth. A few months later on a tour, Waylon gave up his seat on Holly's plane to The Big Bopper, who had the flu. The plane crashed six miles from the airport, on what some call "the day the music died." And the plane was not named American Pie, contrary to the legend; it actually had no name.
According to Waylon, on a VH-1 Behind the Music special, "The Day the Music Died," he and Holly good-naturedly kidded each other about Jennings' decision. Holly told Jennings, "I hope your ol' bus freezes up!" and Jennings replied, "Yeah? Well I hope your ol' plane crashes!" For years Waylon would not talk about his time with Holly because it was too painful.
Waylon Jennings' tribute to the Kings of Western Swing, Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys. Interestingly, the Rolling Stones covered this song a few years ago...and did a bang-up job. He is beloved in Texas, and the other 49 states. I saw Asleep At The Wheel perform a Bob Wills tribute show--at a beautiful auditorium at the University of Texas when I was in Austin a few years ago. It was heartbreakingly good, and so is this...one hero singing about another hero.
I saw the Grateful Dead play in front of their wall of sound in Vancouver, B.C. in 1973. It was amazing. And quickly abandoned because it was so expensive to set up and transport (they had to have two sets leapfrogging each other on the tour).
It just sounded phenomenal. Apparently one reason bands play so loud is that loud music overrides some of the delays and muddiness in sound. Because the wall was so clear, they didn't need volume. And the many speakers covered any hall or stadium with a gigantic wave of clear sound. They didn't need to turn it up to 11.
"The Grateful Dead sound system is really 11 independent systems or channels as shown in the tablebelow. The source of sound are located behind and above the performers so they hear what the audience hears. Only one source location for each channel is used to cover the entire hall and the music is clearer both on stage and in the audience. The stereo effect is very satisfying and natural to persons all over the hall. Intermodulation distortion between instruments is of course non-existent." - from http://www.dozin.com/wallofsound/#